Farmers finally, for the first time this spring, got into the fields and planted some crops.
The USDA crop report says they planted 9-million acres of corn and soybeans this past week. It also stated that 71% of corn was planted, which is behind the five year average of 92%. Delayed planting can be blamed on cold and rainy conditions. It’s estimated that farmers this year will pant close to 23 million acres of corn and soybeans.
Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says on positive note, the soil moisture levels have improved and are more than 90% adequate or surplus.